Thursday, April 17, 2008

Official: State targeting polluters

In the settlement, Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. agreed to close its Russell Station generating plant, which state officials had termed a major source of air pollutants, including those that many scientists believe contribute to warming of the atmosphere.

The utility agreed that if it replaced the facility, it would build a modern natural gas-fired plant. If RG&E is sold, or if another company buys Russell Station, the agreement would be binding, she said.

Three of Russell Station's four boilers are shut down, with the fourth one scheduled for closure in early May, Kennedy said. The future of the facility is wrapped up in the possible purchase of RG&E's parent company, Energy East, by the Spanish energy firm Iberdrola.

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